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I'm getting more done in less time, but where are the rich relationships, the inner peace, the balance, the confidence that I'm doing what matters most and doing it well?
Does this nagging question haunt you, even when you feel you are being your most efficient? If so, First Things First can help you understand why so often our first things aren't first. Rather than offer
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 17th 1996 by Free Press (first published September 1st 1993)
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Another terrifically helpful book from the pen of Stephen Covey. I personally found especially useful the two-by-two matrix he discusses as a way to organize yourself. The four resulting quadrants include:

1. Important and Urgent
2. Important, Not Urgent
3. Urgent, Not Important
4. Not Urgent, Not Important

Simply put, most people spend far too much time in quadrants 3 & 4. We also spend too much time in quadrant 1, not that those issues are unimportant, but because we don't manage our prioriti
"إدارة الأولويات .. الأهم أولاً" .. تجوب خلال صفحاته الخمسمائة .. يشحذ أفكارك ويملأ رأسك بإلهام طاغ .. يجعلك تؤمن بأنك قادر على بذل المزيد .. ليس في عملك الذي لا بد أنك تبذل فيه الكثير .. ولكن في بيتك .. .. كتاب يبحث عن السلام الداخلي والتوازن النفسي والعاطفي .. يساعدك على إيجاد البوصلة داخلك مهما كانت وجهتك. هذا الكتاب يدعو إلى الجيل الرابع من إدارة الوقت .. بعد أن أثبتت الأجيال السابقة قدرتها ضمن الأطر الزمنية المختلفة .. وفشلها في التكيف مع المتطلبات العصرية المرتبطة بتسارع الحركة على حساب ال ...more
Iman Fuad
كم من الناس وصلوا إلى ماكانوا يصبوا إلية ؟! وهل بعد الوصول راحة وسعادة ؟! كيف نستطيع أن نجد أنفسنا كما نود في كــل أدوار الحياة من دون أن نـخل بأحدهـا؟
بعد أن قرأت هذا الكتاب الرائع الذي لم يحوي فقط على معلومات ونظريات وإنما على حلول يمكن تطبيقها على أرض الواقع أجبت على أسئلة كانت تدور بخلدي و أدركت أن أولى أولويات أي شخص أراد تحسين أدواره بالحياة أن يقرأ هذا الكتاب أولاً ...
Apr 17, 2008 Cam rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2008
This book was a slow read for me, it was really hard for me to get into it, I especially had a hard time with all of the different "quadrants" of organization and such, I'm just not into that. Although, there were a lot of things that I did like about the book. One point brought up is that we use busy-ness as a way to validate ourselves and to feel important, and I think that's very true, and I am starting to realize that it really doesn't matter. I don't have to be involved in a million differe ...more
Loy Machedo
Stephen Covey’s book First Things First is an elaborated section of the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. The book tends to focus on Human Habits through the guidance of a Compass rather than a Clock with its core principle of Quality versus Quantity.

The author helps people achieve habit by presenting the Four Quadrants:
Quadrant I – Urgent + Important
Quadrant II - Not Urgent But Important
Quadrant III – Urgent But Not Important
Quadrant IV - Not Urgent, Not Important

Covey recommends gradually
I have this book so marked that I stopped marking it. I have the audio and the paper back. It's a book I reference to and read multiple times.

If you're looking for guidance on your day to day activities, if you're struggling with your priorities, Stephen Covey's philosophy on the compass vs the clock will sure help you.
على الإطلاق أفضل ما كتب في إدارة الوقت !

أحب أولئك الذين يكتبون بتفاني ، بثقة ، وبتواضع
ستيفن كوفي أحدهم

قبل أن يحدثك عن فلسفته الخاصة في وضع البوصلة أمام الساعة
يتكلم عن أربع أجيال لإدارة الوقت ، إيجابياتهم ، أخطائهم ، وسلبياتهم
وتأثير هذه الطرق

ففي المناهج التقليدية لإدارة الوقت تتحول الجودة الشاملة إلى مجرد " إنجاز الشهر!" بدلاً من تفجير الإبداع الحقيقي والتحول المستمر في الجودة !

ستيفن يعلمك كيف تجد الشمال الحقيقي وتتجه نحوه
يخبرك أن تتأكد قبل أن تصعد بسرعة أن السلم مسنود على الحائط الصحيح
For me, this was a new way of looking at "a balanced life." Sometimes we focus so much on the urgent things, that we forget about the important things that aren't necessarily so urgent. Very insightful. It made me think that I need to focus left on getting things done, and more on getting the important things done!
May 26, 2007 Alex rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone, leaders, teachers
Shelves: h2w2-collection
Teaches you the art and craft of time management. Move away from reactive day to day to do list planning and gets you to view your time as the week proactively scheduling in your priorities with the compass card. The principle of the clock and the compass is right on.
Love it! It expands on the chapter in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This has helped me live a more quality driven life vs. filling my time with lots o' crap. :)
Talks about how people are most important
I wrote this review when I read this book two years ago, and it's still up to now one of the book that influenced and affected my life the most:

First Things First is a self-help book written by Stephen Covey and Roger & Rebecca Merrill. The book aims to teach us how to put our first things first trough a time management system and defining the priorities in our lives. This excellent book had a real impact on my life, and I always recommend it to people who are willing to make their lives mor
I first read this book in about 1990 and the content is as relevant today as it was back then. I learned so much from this book that has served me well for 19 years of professional work, and every time I reread a section it just reminds me how important if is to make sure you are doing first things first.

I feel that Covey has a great mind when it comes to achieving your personal best, and this book puts the rubber to the road. The materials in this book about setting goals, translating your goal
A deeper reflection on one of the 7 Habits, this book develops the "4th generation" of time management. Such skill involves knowing inherently one's value and then creating quadrant II space to achieve what is most important. The Laws of Life, such as the principle of the Farm and emotional bank accounts must be considered. The book frequently challenges the paradigm that busy = success and instead replaces it with the value of the compass over the clock, i.e. why scramble in the wrong direction ...more
Amr Sharaf
One of the things I learnt from this book is that it's very dangerous to do things right! instead we have to focus on doing the right things! Classical time management approaches work towards increasing the efficiency (i.e. getting more things done in less amount of time), however, it turns out that increasing effectiveness in the thing that matters the most! The book defines new techniques and rules for improving the time management skills showing that the compass is much more important than th ...more
Haneen Najeh
"Why often our first things aren't the first in our lives??? "

A question really needs to be answered; do we really know what is the thing that we want to be first in our lives?

This book is my fourth reading for Stephen R Covey. A new information, a new experience but always the same joy you find in Covey's books.

In this book Stephen R Covey hasn't just distinguished between the leadership and the management but he also showed the reader which should come first by asking " am I doing the right
Kaat V
Dit boek heeft een behoorlijke invloed op mijn leven. Een samenvatting geven is moeilijk. Onderaan post ik een link waar je al een behoorlijke samenvatting kan vinden.
Uitgangspunt is dat het niet uitmaakt hoe efficiënt je bent, maar wel of je met wat je in je leven (ruimer dan werk) doet, de koers bewandelt die je in je leven wil bewandelen. Hij legt dan ook steevast de nadruk om je tijd te besteden aan wat belangrijk is en niet aan wat urgent (on-)belangrijk is. Veel mensen zijn verslaafd aan
Rhonda Rae Baker
This is a great book to keep yourself focused on working life with a possitive outlook. Many books out there tell you to just press on and/or to have faith. I liked this book because he walked you through the processes...a great one to take your time with...let the process change and prepare you for success.
Zhi Ling Tan
being rather influenced by the time management literature that was based on eliminating waste and moving things faster in life, i felt that this book served as a timely reminder for me to simply pause and re-evaluate my direction in life. the key message that the authors were trying to put across was to let our inner compass, rather than the clock, guide our decisions in life. a slight change in approach with the same goal of optimizing the limited time we have on earth, leading to a refreshing ...more
Starts off focusing reasonably, if not originally, on the 4 quadrants (not urgent and not important, not urgent and important etc.), but degenerates into ranting about people not being successful entirely because of their inability to focus on not urgent, important tasks.
Taught me about keeping the first things, the most important things, first.

To keep most of my time on what is important and not urgent. Preparation, prevention, planning, and relationships.

To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy
طارق رشدى
كتاب أقل ما يقال عنه أنه رائع
يوفر عليك قراءة الكثير من الكتب فى تنظيم الوقت
و ما يميز الكتاب أنه يتوجه بالكلام للأشخاص الذين لديهم نظام فى حياتهم بالفعل و لكن يخبرهم كيف يديروا حياتهم بأسلوب أفضل و يستغلوا أوقاتهم بصورة أكثر فعالية

First Things First is an outstanding book. It will help you understand how to set priorities from a principled centered position. This is a book you must actively be involved in as you read. I am currently using the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People planning system. I truly believe it should be the First Things First system as it really incorporates these concepts in it. Using it became much clearer upon reading and working through the system. I feel much better prepared to take on a very busy ...more
Erik Golbiw
Lots of great ideas about how to put TRUE priorities into action. Need to find time over the holidays to really get into utilizing this type of information as it isn't an easy transition.
Not as big a jump for me personally, as this book is a bit of a refried 7 Habits. There are some decent tips/pointers.

I recommend skimming this one rather than intently reading it.
on page 5..yes it is "self-help" season in my life...maybe I should be a little more discrete about it...i challenge you to reveal your "self-help" secrets...step one...
it gives me hope that I can hit the things I want to in life, without feeling too bad for not doing everything.
يتحدث عن المناهج في إدارة الوقت والقيم والمبادئ والاختلافات بينها وكيف يمكن الوصول إلى احسن طريقة في تنظيم الوقت
الكتاب طويل نوعا ما وممل ببعض فصوله لتكرار نفس المعلومات ولكن بالمجمل ممتع ومفائل
اهم الافكار
1- اختبارات الكتاب لإظهار سيطرة المهم والطارئ على الحياة
2- الايمان بالمبدأ وعدم الاهتمام بالتفاصيل خلال التنفيذ
3- اكتمال التفاصيل يعطيك نتيجة مبهرة
4- الخيال المبدع وتصور المشاكل
قبل وقوعها
5- الاحجار في الإناء
6- الروية الواضحة هي سبب الحياة
7- كتابة رسالة الحياة
8- ربما قائمة للمشاريع الغير
Dr.Yassin Salama
This book has taught me how to organize my time according to priorities!
فداء عويسات
من أروع الكتب اللتي عشتُ معها :)

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Stephen Richards Covey was the author of the best-selling book, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People". Other books he wrote include "First Things First", "Principle-Centered Leadership", and "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families". In 2004, Covey released "The 8th Habit". In 2008, Covey released "The Leader In Me—How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One ...more
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